WEEKEND EDITION: NE Patriots tonight, damn hot
here, 90 plus humidity! .....a shitload of new
radios are surfacing,
check them out.....Look, you can't just walk
around breaking into homes, whipping out your junk
and demanding that elderly women perform sex acts on
Police are not cool with that....................today"s
dumbass award goes to....
BREAKING NEWS: HAMS ACTIVATED AFTER QUAKE IN
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: This week's newscast begins with
breaking news. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Don
DON'S REPORT: As Amateur Radio Newsline went to
production, an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck
central Italy early Wednesday, August 24. Initial
reports indicate there were more than 120
fatalities. As emergency personnel continued to
search for survivors, Italian amateurs began
conducting emergency operations on the bands. Hams
throughout the region were instructed to keep 7060
KHz, plus or minus 10 KHz, and 3643.5 KHz, clear.
Offers of assistance have arrived from France,
Israel, Germany and other nations. Details were
still developing, and Amateur Radio Newsline will
continue to follow this story. For Amateur Radio
Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
(NYTIMES, CNN, DXNEWS, DXCOFFEE)
LINKED REPEATERS AID HAMS' CALIFORNIA FIRE RESPONSE
STEPHEN KINFORD/ANCHOR: We look now at amateur
radio's response in another crisis, the California
fires. In San Bernadino County's fire district, a
ham group has been supplying support for two major
wildfires in just the past two weeks. As of Tuesday
August twenty third, the Blue Cut Fire has scorched
nearly 58 square miles and closed off some key
transportation highways as well.
KENT: Keith is the Chief Radio Officer for the San
Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services
KEITH: San Bernadino county is the largest county in
the united states Larger than a couple of states.
We do know that the last count was 105 single family
homes were destroyed. This is our second major call
out this season staffing is a challenge we're not a
huge group considering the size of the area and with
the pass being closed for a few days, we had to rely
on whoever was already in place.
KENT: Unfortunately weather conditions have again
been good for new fire development
KEITH: We have some monsoon flow bringing us thunder
storms unfortunately , not very wet but dry
lightning and that starts another fire.
KENT: The amateur radio volunteers work across the
valleys, the mountains and the desert areas all
interconnected using the linked repeaters of the
Southern California Radio Network.
KEITH: a lot of our volunteers work as well they're
not all retired folk they are not independently
wealthy They're regular working people who had the
calling to come and volunteer their time what they
have available to us. We managed to staff every
shift we needed
KENT: Morris describes one key role the local
amateur radio group fills
KEITH: We are the technical and logistical support
group for the fire department command post.
When those get deployed we have the technical team
who are on the ready to support any of their needs
in the field. We relieve all the standard modes of
communications whether it the telephones or the fire
department radios. We relieve the routine
traffic and leave Fire Brigade Staff for the more
KENT: He explains some of the responsibilities of
their fire department
KEITH: They're an all needs fire department. They do
everything from fires to rescues. Our goal is to
support them with anything they need.
KENT: Morris says the fire department appreciates
the assistance from the amateur radio community.
KEITH: They're very appreciative. We make sure
they're taken care of all of us live in this area so
we've got an interest in giving them the support
that they need.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY
STEPHEN: It's worth noting that While the fire
activity on the Blue Cut Fire may be winding down,
restoration of the infrastructure is just beginning,
especially in the region's critical Cajon Pass.
Workers from Southern California Edison, Caltrans
District 8, BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and
other companies will be tending to damaged power
poles, train infrastructure, guard rails and related
items in the area. The Cajon Pass has miles of train
track, high tension power lines and the Interstate
15 which is a major thoroughfare to the High Desert,
Las Vegas and beyond.
GUILTY PLEAS IN WORLDWIDE PRICE-FIXING CASE
STEPHEN: There are new developments in the ongoing
U.S. federal probe into electronics price-fixing.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun WD9GCO has the
PAUL'S REPORT: In an ongoing U.S. Justice Department
investigation, three more electronics companies have
agreed to plead guilty in an international
price-fixing conspiracy affecting the price of
electrolytic capacitors worldwide. The agreement by
Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co. Ltd. and Holy Stone
Holdings Co., Ltd., brings to five the total of
companies pleading guilty in the probe. Guilty pleas
were previously entered by NEC TOKIN Corp. and
Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd.
One individual, Takuro Isawa, a former global sales
manager for one of the manufacturers of the
capacitors, was indicted last year as well for
alleged participation in the conspiracy.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder, of
the justice department's Antitrust Division, said
millions of American consumers were impacted by the
price-fixing. In addition to their importance in
amateur radio, the capacitors are also found in such
consumer electronics as auto airbags and engines,
computers, televisions, office equipment and home
Each of the three companies has agreed to pay a
criminal fine and cooperate with the ongoing probe.
The two previous companies have already been
sentenced to pay. NEC TOKIN was fined $13.8 million
and Hitachi Chemical was fined $3.8 million.
IN ALASKA, PREPARING TO PLAY THE HAARP
STEPHEN: Why does the ionosphere behave as it does?
At a newly reopened research facility once owned by
the U.S. military, university researchers about to
ask that same question. Here's more from Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.
JIM's REPORT: High frequency radio researchers in
Alaska are about to embark on a behavioral study of
the most powerful kind, but their work has nothing
to do with the habits or psychology of amateur radio
The scientists will be looking at the properties and
behavior of the ionosphere, utilizing what is
believed to be the world's most capable high-power
HF transmitter. All this work is to be done at the
High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or
HAARP, facility when it reopens in 2017.
The FCC has granted HAARP a pair of experimental
service licenses to conduct the research at the
facility, which is now owned by the University of
Alaska at Fairbanks, which acquired it from the U.S.
HAARP's research involves beaming radio waves
straight up for hundreds of miles, sometimes with
such power that the effects create an artificial
aurora. Much of the research has applications in
satellite communications and navigation.
UAF researcher Chris Fallen KL3WX told the ARRL that
early next year the research will begin. License
WI2XFX will cover testing beetween 2.65 MHz and
8.1MHz, and license WI2XDV will cover the part of
the spectrum between 1 and 40 MHz.
ICOM DELIVERS A TOKYO SURPRISE
STEPHEN: If you're a leading manufacturer of amateur
radio equipment, there's no better place to release
the news of long-awaited new products than at the
Tokyo Ham Fair, which recently concluded. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP tells us what
radio giant Icom had in store there.
MIKE: Attendees at the Japan Amateur Radio League's
Tokyo Ham Fair on Aug. 20th and 21st got quite an
eyeful from Icom Inc. The manufacturer at long last
trotted out the very samples it had been hinting at
for the past few weeks in its online campaign.
Visitors got their first glimpses of a few new
products: Icom's IC-7610 will replace the IC-7600 as
a 100-watt base station with built-in antenna tuner
and capability for HF and 50MHz. Icom also rolled
out the IC-R8600 wideband receiver to replace its
IC-R8500. This receiver will operate in analog and
digital modes and have a frequency range from
0.01-3000MHz. Among handhelds, Icom is introducing
the IC-R30, an analog and digital model which
succeeds the IC-R20 and can decode D-STAR, P25, NXDN
and dPMR digital modes.
A special edition handheld model was also
introduced: the ID-51 PLUS2, which permits D-STAR
calls through the Internet, even in areas without
access to D-STAR repeaters.
Though Icom revealed the samples, the company did
not unveil details on prices or the products' launch
With more than 36,000 participants at the ham fair,
you can be sure there were a lot of eyes on Icom
ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS GO TO YOUNG AMATEURS
STEPHEN: Bright young student engineers deserve to
be encouraged, and the Ennes Educational Foundation
Trust has done just that, with scholarships. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp WB9VPG, has the details.
NEIL's REPORT: Two young radio amateurs are among
the four winners of this year's scholarships from
the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, part of the
Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Winners of the $1,500 scholarships include Clifford
White W5CNW of Tyler Texas, who has held an Amateur
Extra license since he was 14. He is presently
studying electrical engineering at LeTourneau
University in Longview, Texas. Clifford was awarded
the John H. Battison Founder's Scholarship to
further his studies.
The foundation's Youth Scholarship was awarded to
Ruth Willet KM4LAO. The Lawrenceville, Georgia,
student will be double-majoring in mechanical
engineering and engineering physics at Kettering
College in Michigan.
The other recipients are James Copeland, a student
engineer at his college radio station at Kansas
State University, where he is a junior studying
broadcasting. James, who was given the Robert
Greenberg Scholarship, is a collector of Collins and
Heathkit radios. The winner of the Harold E. Ennes
Scholarship is Michael Frushour of Brookeville,
Illinois, a TV production student at Columbia
College in Chicago.
These annual scholarships are given to qualifying
students in broadcast engineering and technology.
NEW FREQUENCIES FOR LATVIAN AMATEURS
STEPHEN: Amateur radio operators in Latvia just got
some new space on the spectrum. We hear more from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
JEREMY's REPORT: Two new bands opened up for
amateurs in Latvia on August the 9th: the 60 meter,
5 MHz allocation with 15w EIRP and the 630 meter
band, between 472 and 479 KHz, with 1 watt EIRP.
The 60 meter band in particular opens up new
operating space on the spectrum in an area that has
already been available to amateurs in the United
States, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. As with
most new allocations of this band this is a
continuous range of frequency and not channelised as
many earlier allocations were.
Both bands are open for use by Latvia's top-level
Category A licensees but unlike other countries the
60 metre band is restricted to modes with a maximum
bandwidth of 800 Hz.
Sixty meters is also gaining traction in Australia,
where the Wireless Institute of Australia's request
for the allocation, made last April to the
Australian Communications and Media Authority, has
been graded as Priority 1 by the authority. The ACMA
acknowledges amateurs' interest in gaining 60-meter
access. The WIA's magazine, "Amateur Radio," is
preparing to publish a situation paper on the
subject when space becomes available
STATION HONORS MARTYRED FRANCISCAN PRIEST
STEPHEN: Radio operators have honored a Polish
priest who died during World War II. Maximilian
Maria Kolbe is considered the patron saint of ham
radio. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee KB3TZD
HEATHER's REPORT: Special Event Station K3M went on
the air earlier this month with a mission: to
celebrate the life and the sacrifice of Maximilian
Maria Kolbe, the Franciscan Priest who became a
martyr during World War II. The global radio event
which featured stations in Pennsylvania, Maine, New
Jersey and Virginia, drew thousands of participants
from Poland, as well as Spain, Puerto Rico, the U.S.
and Canada. The stations operated during the week of
Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 to mark the 75 years since the
priest's death at the hands of the Nazis on Aug. 14,
The role of radio holds special significance in
honoring the priest, who was founder of a monastery
in Poland that had been dedicated to communications
and was the home operation for SP3RN, a short-wave
radio station. When the monastery was shut by the
Nazis in 1941, Maximilian Maria Kolbe was arrested
and sent to Auschwitz where he died in a starvation
The priest was canonized in 1982 and is considered
the patron saint of amateur radio operators.
The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net, founded in 1997,
operates every Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on 3814
THE WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, listen for Bernie, ZS4TX,
operating as 3B8TX from Mauritius between September
16 to September 19th, as part of a 6m EME DXpedition.
His operation will favor NA/SA moonrise and ZL/VK
mooonset. He will also have a beacon during the
daytime, seeking possible Tropo openings towards
Africa. He prefers QSL cards in LoTW but will accept
those sent to his home callsign.
Tom KC0W will be operating CW from Vanuatu where he
will sign YJ0COW until the 21st of September. Send
QSL cards directly to his home call.
Two amateurs from Japan are operating from Pitcairn
Island until the 3rd of September as VP6J. Listen
for them on 160m to 10m operating CW, SSB and RTTY.
They are Nob JF2MBF and Ken JA2FJP. Send QSL cards
directly to JF2MBF. With the pair's departure on
September 3, a German amateur, Uli DL2AH, arrives
and will be there until the 25th of November.
And finally, listen for Ralf, DK8FA, operating
as D44TUJ from Boa Vista Island between September 15
and September 29th. He will be heard mostly on 20
meters using the Digital modes. Send QSL cards to
his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Ralf
does not accept eQSL or LoTW!
(IRISH RADIO TRANSMITTERS SOCIETY, OHIO PENN DX
AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE HONORS YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
STEPHEN: Meet Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB, the promising
young amateur from Colorado who is this year's Bill
Pasternak Young Ham of the Year. In this expanded
final segment of Amateur Radio Newsline, we hear
this report from Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, who was at the
Huntsville Hamfest helping honor Skyler for his
DON: "Good afternoon everyone. My name is Don
Wilbanks, I'm with Amateur Radio Newsline, my call
is AE5DW and we come together here every year to
recognize excellence in youth and amateur radio with
the Young Ham Of The Year Award."
And what a great representative we have for 2016.
Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB from Littleton Colorado.
An exceptional, brilliant young man.
SKYLER: "Thank you so much Don. It's really
nice to be here and a pleasure meeting you all.
I'd like to thank Carole Perry and Paul Veal, WB2MGP
and N0AH for the nomination, and the STEM school for
helping get that all done. I'd really like to
say thanks to all my Elmers and everyone who has
really inspired me in the hobby to work on projects
and learn about all the different things. It's
really nice to be here and thank so much."
DON: We shared the stage with some friends.
Our corporate sponsors. First up, Rich Moseson,
W2VU of CQ Communications.
RICH: "I say this every year, what an honor it has
been for me in the past 20 years to be on the
judging committee for the Young Ham of The Year
award program. We hear so much from people
saying that there are no young hams getting into the
hobby anymore and those that do are not really doing
anything significant. Well every year I have
the privilege of meeting some young hams who are
doing incredible things. Skyler, you are
joining a long line of incredible young hams.
If anybody questions what we're talking about, just
look at this little box! He's got a 900 MHz
repeater that he's walking around with, and it's
working, and it's linked! It has Internet
connectivity, and it's amazing!"
DON: Amazing indeed! Next from Yaesu USA,
Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV.
DENNIS: "What we've learned about these amazing
young hams, like Skyler, is they're on the move!
They're all over the place! Physically besides
everything else going on in their life. Hou
many people here have a 900 MHz radio? That's
a problem, isn't it Skyler? That's your job in
the future, to change that as these people get more
crowded on the other bands. They need people
like you to show us why we can do that.
congratulations on behalf of Yaesu and wish you many
years. I'm sure you're going to have a
wonderful time as you go forward. Thank you."
DON: Representing Heil Sound, Gordon West, WB6NOA.
GORDON: "Wow! Skyler, you outdid yourself! All
of us here are so appreciative of your hard work.
First, your Pass ribbon that gets you to the head of
any line! You just show them that ribbon and
you're there! Let's give Skyler a big hand for a
DON: Next, Emmett Hohensee, W0QH of RadioWavz
EMMETT: "Skyler, honestly I am impressed. Just
looking at the 900 MHz repeater that you've got
walking around with the networking and all this neat
stuff - I'm impressed! I'm encouraged! And I'm
hoping that with more examples of people such as
yourself that you continue to achieve, that you
continue to spark new initiatives and new ideas, and
bridge the gap between the old and the new. I
really appreciate that. I want you to continue
to do what you're doing and don't stop!
Continue to move on."
DON: Impressive doesn't begin to cover it all.
I can't wait to meet next year's Young Ham Of The
Year. And we will next August in Huntsville Alabama.
Thanks to CQ Communications, Yaesu USA, Heil Sound,
RadioWavz and the Huntsville Hamfest. Till next
year, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW for the Amateur Radio
STEPHEN: There's more! You can hear the ceremony
honoring Skyler in its entirety by visiting our
website, arnewsline.org, where we have posted it for
you to hear as a Newsline Extra this week.
KICKER: MESSAGE FIT FOR A QUEEN
STEPHEN: Our last story goes back a few years. More
than a century, in fact. It's about telegraphy,
royalty, the presidency and, of course, ham radio.
Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM: Imagine, for a moment, U.S. President James
Buchanan and Great Britain's Queen Victoria
exchanging QSL cards. Imagine too the 19th century
world figures giving one another signal reports. It
didn't quite happen that way but in August of 1858,
the president and the queen communicated across the
Atlantic, as Victoria sent the president an
invitation to visit Buckingham Palace. Her message
began: QUOTE "Come, let us talk together" - as clear
an opening for a ragchew if ever we heard one.
It was the first transatlantic telegraph message
between the two and the president received it at the
summer White House in Pennsylvania.
To commemorate that telegraph's anniversary, hams
from the Bedford County Amateur Radio Society in
Pennsylvania, using the callsign N3B, sent an ARRL
Radiogram on Aug. 16 to Queen Elizabeth II. It was
delivered to GB3RS at the Radio Society of Great
Britain's National Radio Centre Bletchley Park. The
message was sent in CW on 20 meters by Lloyd Roach
K3QNT and Bernie Frank W3DRW.
Band conditions weren't optimal but in the UK,
Trevor Hughes, G4WKJ and Andy Roberts M0GYK, were
still able to copy the good wishes and forward them
on to Buckingham Palace where, despite poor signal
reports that had challenged the amateurs, it was
never the less well-received.
WEEKDAY EDITION: Camping trip next week at
Hancock Campground on the Kancamagus next week,
always a relaxing time.....Send this kid a
Radio hams mark Coast Guard
On Aug. 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrated
the 226th anniversary of its founding, the Easton
Amateur Radio Society commemorated this occasion by
operating a Special Event Station aboard the Coast
Guard Cutter Taney
The station operated under the call sign W3T from
the radio room of the Taney and communicated with
other Amateur Radio Stations all over the United
States, Canada, and Europe. Operating from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., 231 Amateur stations were contacted.
Read the full Dorchester Banner story at
IC-7610 HF/50MHz Transceiver (Base Station)
The IC-7610 is the successor to the IC-7600 and will
be a dual-watch capable HF+50MHz 100W base station
with built-in antenna tuner.
The LCD will be touch screen and you will be able to
connect an external display.
Three Companies Agree to Plead
Guilty for Fixing Prices of
The US Department of Justice
announced this week that three
companies have agreed to plead
guilty for their roles in a
conspiracy to fix prices for
electrolytic capacitors sold to
customers in the US and
elsewhere. The companies are
Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co
Ltd, and Holy Stone Holdings Co
“The Antitrust Division
has now charged five companies
and one individual for their
participation in this
conspiracy,” Deputy Assistant
Attorney General Brent Snyder of
the Justice Department’s
Antitrust Division, said in an
August 23 Justice Department
“The electrolytic capacitors
conspiracy affected millions of
American consumers who use
electronic devices containing
capacitors every day.”
The division filed one-count
felony charges against each of
the three companies in US
District Court in San Francisco.
In addition to pleading guilty
to the charges against them,
each company has agreed to pay a
criminal fine and to cooperate
with the Division’s ongoing
investigation. The plea
agreements are subject to court
NEC TOKIN Corp and Hitachi
Chemical Co Ltd already pleaded
guilty earlier to participating
in the same worldwide
conspiracy. NEC TOKIN was
sentenced to pay a $13.8 million
fine in January, while a $3.8
million fine was levied on
Hitachi Chemical in June. In
March of 2015, a grand jury
indicted Takuro Isawa, a former
Global Sales general manager for
one of the capacitor
manufacturers, for his alleged
participation in the conspiracy.
That dumbass USA Olympic swimmer
who lied about being mugged should be barred from
any future games.......Video of new Hamvention site.
Tim Duffy, K3LR, from DX Engineering, recently
visited the new site/ venue for the 2017 Hamvention
at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Event Center in
Xenia, Ohio. In a YouTube video, Tim interviews
Michael Kalter, W8CI - Treasurer of the Dayton
Amateur Radio Association (DARA) as well as taking
and pictures of fairgrounds.
The purpose of the video is to show everyone what
this new site/venue has to offer and provide to hams
for this special event as well as all the hard work
and planning that goes on to make it happen.
look at the video and see what is coming for the
WEEKEND EDITION: Roger- K1PV is living large and
camping with the family in Maine I believe....
Olympics, USA- 105 medals to Russia's 45, that must
piss Putin off to no end....BC working had at
practice getting ready for another losing football
season......Red Sox still teasing us before the big
collapse, Big Papi a joy to watch, good thing he can
slam the ball because he is slower than shit running
the bases....Baofeng has just introduced a new
tri-band walkie, 2-220-440 based on the UV5R series
which is available for 65 bucks, comes with two
antennas. One for 2-440 and the other for 220...why
the frick didn't they just make a tri-band antenna,
who the hell is going to carry two antennas around?
Icom IC-R8600, new receiver by Icom
In this video, Adafruit's Limor 'ladyada'
Fried AC2SN interviews Dave Doherty
President of electronic component
distributor Digi-Key founded by
radio amateur Ronald Stordahl AE5E
Topics range from the death of the
physical catalogue, to the joy of
running an engineering company as an
Also discussed is Digi-Key's
Maker.io, which is an invaluable
service for makers to roadmap their
very own designs, from prototype to
Adafruit is proud to partner with
Digi-key and introduce Maker.io to
all our customers and fans. This
kicks off Adafruit's video series
Maker to Market, which will take you
on the journey that was the creation
of Circuit Playground, Adafruit's
all-in-one board, and the perfect
microcontroller for learning
Check out Circuit Playground over at
Maker.io now! -
Search is On for GPS Buoys
Intruding on 10 Meters
Radio amateurs in Portugal have
intensified the search for GPS
buoys that are illegally
operating and intruding on 10
meters. A recent International
Amateur Radio Union Region 1
Monitoring System (IARUMS-R1
report indicated that one such
buoy was operating 24/7 on
28.100 MHz, using F1B mode (RTTY),
51 baud, 270 Hz shift. IARUMS-R1
also has posted a lengthy and
intruding driftnet fisheries
buoys, transmitting CW in
various parts of 10 meters. A
group of Portuguese radio
amateurs has volunteered to
identify the location of GPS
buoy clusters that have been
transmitting “for years” on 10
meters, an exclusive Amateur
“So far, we
have had some success in
determining the location of the
few that we can receive when
propagation allows,” said Paulo
Teixeira, CT2IWW, the team
spokesperson. “The data suggest
that these clusters are located
in the Atlantic, alongside the
coasts of Africa and Europe, but
it’s possible that they are
The F1B transmissions consist
of 3 second RTTY bursts.
Individual transmissions are 10
seconds apart, and the cycle
repeats every 5 minutes.
Frequencies are between 28.000
and 28.120 MHz, at 5 kHz
“So far we detected them on
28,010, 28,025, 28,035, 28,050,
28,065, 28,075, and 28,101 kHz,”
Teixeira said, “but we believe
that other frequency ranges are
The group has asked radio
amateurs living along the
Atlantic coast, to look for
these transmissions and record
them. Teixeira said poor
propagation is making it
difficult to obtain additional
“More recordings are needed
in order to get greater
consistency of the decoded data
and, possibly, work on a
automated or semi-automated
decoding solution,” he said. He
stressed the importance of
indicating date, time (UTC),
frequency, and mode. Recordings
should be at least 10 to 20
minutes long. E-mail results to
CT2IWW via his QRZ.com address.
Meanwhile, Jose Francisco de
Almeida, CT4AN, reported that
agents from Portugal’s telecoms
regulator ANACOM and maritime
police inspected 30 fishing,
maritime tourism, and passenger
vessels in Madeira, Douro, and
Cascais, for illegal radio gear.
According to IARUMS-R1, the two
agencies have undertaken several
enforcement actions in
commercial fishing ports and
marinas. Violations detected
included the use of inadequate
equipment or radio equipment
operating outside the maritime
mobile service bands. Twelve
ANACOM and 14 maritime police
took part in the operations,
which were reported to have
resulted in a decrease in
Illegal buoys of all types —
fisheries, driftnet, GPS, and
Datawell “Waverider” wave
measurement buoys — remain very
active on 10 meters, according
to Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, the
IARUMS-R1 coordinator. The July
IARUMS newsletter included more
than three dozen reports.
SPECIAL REPORT: HAMS RESPOND TO LOUISIANA FLOODING
PAUL: We open this week's newscast with a special
expanded report, an indepth look at what's being
called the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since
superstorm Sandy: Louisiana's floods. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has been following
that story closely.
SKEETER'S REPORT: The National Weather Service is
now calling it, “The One Thousand Year Rain.”
BOBBY: At this point, according to reports from
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, 30,000 people
and 1,000 pets have already been rescued. Forty
thousand people have registered with FEMA for
disaster assistance and at least 11 people
have died in the floods thus far.
SKEETER: That’s Alabama meteorologist Bobby Best
WX4ALA. Amateur Radio volunteers are springing into
action in the wake of flooding of historic
proportions that inundated parts of Louisiana and
Mississippi the weekend of August 13th and 14th.
BOBBY: Louisiana ARES was requested to be activated
by the Louisiana office of the American Red Cross.
There are shelters set up across the region. There
are at least, as of last word, 40 additional
shelters that are needing communications to be
connected. Everything is being run out of
headquarters at the Red Cross office in Baton Rouge.
That, according to Louisiana ARES assistant section
emergency coordinator John Mark Robertson, K5JMR.
SKEETER: Louisiana ARES Section Emergency
Coordinator Adam Tamplain KD5LEH tells Amateur Radio
Newsline how many residents displaced by the flood
waters are in the shelters.
ADAM: The latest number I had heard was between
12,000 and 13,000 in shelters. That may be off by
1,000 or 2,000. Flooding is still affecting some
newer areas as conditions change with some of the
backwaters coming down in the river basin.
SKEETER: Tamplain outlines the initial response by
ham operators in the Bayou State, and surrounding
ADAM: We activated the Louisiana section late Sunday
evening and unfortunately the response has not been
nearly what we were hoping for. Right now we
actively have around 15 or so hams at various
shelters. Some are affiliated with ARES, some are
not, and they are handling tactical communication
beween the shelters and the Red Cross headquarters
in Baton Rouge. Mississippi called and offered their
support to us. We also had Alabama call and offer
their support to us, and we are coordinating with
those sections to see if we can get some help from
them or not.
SKEETER: And what is the current state of
communications in the affected areas?
[Adam Tamplain cut 02 Q: “…those issues are
SKEETER: Tamplain says in addition to localized
repeater and simplex frequencies in Louisiana, 2 HF
frequencies may be utilized for urgent amateur radio
traffic related to this disaster.
[Adam Tamplain cut 05 Q: “…regional offices
for the Red Cross.”]
SKEETER: Bobby Best says, even though the storms
have moved out of the area, the effects have been
far-reaching, and residents who have lost their
homes need to be prepared for a long road ahead.
[Bobby Best cut 03 Q: “…could have to be
SKEETER: Hams outside of Louisiana are being asked
to not self-deploy. Those who would like to make
their availability known should coordinate through
the Louisiana ARES headquarters by contacting Steve
Irvin WA5FKF at area code 225-933-4993.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Skeeter Nash N5ASH,
reporting from Topeka, Kansas.
PAUL/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Newsline will continue to
follow the radio response to this crisis.
FCC EMBARKS ON NOISE FLOOR STUDY
PAUL: Having trouble hearing that other station?
Sometimes it's the signal but sometimes it's also
the noise. The FCC, at long last, is moving ahead
with a look at noise, as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.
JIM: When it comes to managing the electromagnetic
spectrum, the FCC is hoping to hear the right kind
of noise -- and plenty of it. The FCC's
Technological Advisory Council plans a comprehensive
study of the noise floor and until earlier this
month, had been receiving input on how to conduct
the study - and what to look for along the way. Hams
and other interested parties were invited to comment
on where the problem exists, what devices make it
worse, what bands are most affected and how natural
propagation effects can be accounted for when
undertaking such a study. The agency was also
looking for suggestions on the study's methodology,
and ways to take meaningful measurements
When the study was announced earlier this year, the
ARRL responded to the news by calling it
encouraging, adding that the league hopes the
findings will provide guidelines for decisions on
band allocations, enforcement and other
The amateur radio community has been anticipating
such a study since the FCC first requested one in
1999. The comment period closed August 11 and the
amateur community now awaits the agency's next move.
TWO NEW MEMBERS JOIN EURAO
PAUL/ANCHOR: The global radio community just
welcomed two relative newcomers. Here's Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
JEREMY: The European Radio Amateurs' Organization
has added two organizations to its roster that are
also fairly new to the world of amateur radio. They
are the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League and the
Romanian radio club known as Clubul Sportiv Cafe
Gratis. The Romanian club was founded in 2015 and
the Ukrainian group was created just this year as an
effort by 13 regional clubs. According to the EURAO
website, about 1,500 members belong to this radio
league in the Ukraine.
The European organization itself comprises
independent radio amateurs' associations globally
for collaboration on projects, sharing activities
and when necessary, lobbying public officials on
THE RETURN OF RADIO CAROLINE, SORT OF
PAUL: It's been a long time since Radio Caroline's
offshore broadcasts were heard in the UK. But
special event station GB5RC recently brought back
the memory, it not the actual sound. Here's Amateur
Radio *Newsline's Ed Durrant, DD5LP.
ED'S REPORT: In the radio operators' own words, it
wasn't the Radio Caroline of old, but hams devoted
to the spirit of offshore broadcasting in the UK
still had an authentic thrill participating in the
GB5RC special event on Friday the 5th of August
through Monday the 8th of August. Amateur radio
organizers reported about 2,500 QSOs with 80
countries, all successfully breaking through what
were, at times, some massive waves of calls.
The ship was a busy place as described by Keith
G6NHU, writing on the Martello Tower Group's
website. He wrote QUOTE: "We heard many tales of how
people used to listen to Caroline back in the 60s
and 70s and we also spoke to a lot of people who had
worked on the Ross Revenge, both in her offshore
radio days and also in her days as a trawler."
Keith added: QUOTE "It was a great feeling for all
of us to know that for the first time in many years,
a lot of RF was being transmitted from the ship."
According to the blog, amateur radio stations have
worked on board the Ross Revenge before but not on
this scale. Indeed, Keith proclaimed the event
There was no 1960s rock and roll played, of course,
but the station itself became the biggest hit of the
IN TASMANIA, WHAT'S THE BRIGHT IDEA?
PAUL: At a recent celebration in Australia marking
National Science Week, amateur radio not
surprisingly took center stage. Here's more from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM: What's the Bright Idea? Well, in Tasmania,
organizers like to think it's the Festival of Bright
Ideas, part of the annual National Science Week. Not
surprisingly, amateur radio played a big role in
this celebration of all things scientific and the
Radio and Electronics Association of Southern
Tasmania enjoyed particularly active traffic at its
stand at the festival, with student groups stopping
by throughout the day on Friday, August 14th.
According to Justin, VK7TW, writing on the group's
Facebook page, the youngsters took a crack at Morse
Code decoders, tried out an SDR receiver, had
hands-on experience with microwave transceivers and
got some information on school amateur radio clubs
that they could take back to their classrooms.
Last year, the first such festival attracted more
than 5,000 visitors in search of creativity and a
little bit of science magic on subjects ranging from
space exploration to chemistry. The event serves as
a showcase for the nation's science sector in
general and the spirit of innovation that drives it
- even beyond that brightest of ideas, amateur
IN INDIA, A DAY OF PRACTICAL RADIO
PAUL: There's nothing like a full day's immersion in
amateur radio to help create the next generation of
hams. Students in India recently got to sample the
full range of the amateur experience. We hear again
from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM'S REPORT: Some 250 engineering students in
the Indian state of Gujarat ended the month of July
with a practical lesson in radio science like no
other: It was a one-day session at the prestigious
Marwadi Education Foundation Rajkot, conducted by
Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, a regional coordinator in the
West India Zone for AMSAT-India and a life member of
the Radio Society of India.
Beyond the day's introductory sessions, the students
got a full day's experience, which also included a
look at SatCom, live demonstrations of SSTV and
Morse code, SDR and various events that round out
the varied ham radio experience on July 30
Rajesh's wife, Kiran, a short-wave listener,
assisted him, as did several other amateurs,
including Shailesh Nadiapara VU3HNT.
A member of a noted ham radio family in Gujarat,
Rajesh is a radio educator and lifelong ham who put
his best efforts that day into helping inspire a few
THE WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, it's worth noting that the
website for the planned Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition has
gone live. Even though the activation in this second
most-wanted DXCC entity won't set out until early
2018, you can learn more about the team members and
their detailed plans for three weeks on what they
are calling QUOTE "the most remote island on Earth."
ENDQUOTE The island was last activated as 3Y0E
during the winter of 2007 to 2008. Visit
In Brazil, special event station ZY157CAT will be on
the air until the end of August to celebrate the
founding of the city of Catalao 157 years ago.
Listen for the station on the HF bands using CW, SSB
and various digital modes. Send QSLs directly
The CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition is under way, as
of August 19th, and will continue through August
29th. Log data will be posted live, using ClubLog
and OQRS. They will be working the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY and will also work 6m, 2m EME and
Satellite. Send QSL cards directly to WA4DAN. For
more details, visit their website at
KICKER: SMALL POSTAGE STAMPS GO A LONG WAY
PAUL: And finally, in closing, we ask ALL of our
listeners: Do you have a couple of stamps laying
around from collecting all those QSL cards? A radio
club in the Philadelphia area can put them to good
use. Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz
(pronouncer - A-Brom-o-vich) NT3V has the story....
MARK: The Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club is ramping
up a drive to get hams across the country and around
the world to contribute to the "Stamps for the
Wounded" program supported by the Lions
International Stamp Club.
Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, president of the Holmesburg
club says it's easy...
BOB: "Canceled stamps are collected and then
distributed to local V-A hospitals and other
convalescent facilities where our wounded warriors
can receive occupational therapy using the stamps
either to put into albums or to make decorative
items," Josuweit says. "It's a good way of passing
Josuweit says somebody brought the program to the
attention of the Holmesburg club a couple of years
BOB: "Each year, the club participates in several
special events," Josuweit says. "The most notable
one is the 13 Colonies Special Event which is held
over the Fourth of July. We get literally thousands
of QSL cards coming in to the club and we're looking
for what could we do with all these envelopes that
we're essentially throwing out.
"And we learned about the 'Stamps for the Wounded'
program. And that we've now been collecting the
stamps from those cards and are collecting them and
shippping them down to the program which is actually
located in Viriginia."
MARK: Josuweit says if you'd like to help out, send
an email to WM3PEN@arrl.net and someone from the
club will respond with where to send the stamps.
If you're thinking maybe this is project your club
might want to undertake, Josuweit says get in
BOB: "Send it to us or if they want to start their
own program, there are many special event stations
around the country or QSL managers," Josuweit says.
"Just drop us an email and we'll tell them where the
actual address is and they can start their own
MARK: Again, that email address is WM3PEN@arrl.net.
WEEKDAY EDITION: The Olympics have been enjoyable
to watch, that Jamaican 100M Bolt is one fast sob
and the women's volleyball team were slick....Red
Sox are still teasing us with wins including a 3
homerun game by Betts, getting ready to crumble in
September, about the same time BC football legends
begin another losing season.....Not much going on in
ham radio, band conditions have not been great and
it has been too hot to play hf radio......hamfest.....
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New England Hams you
might run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying
planes and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's
the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter
regular, Tech Wizard!!!
of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham
found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going,
computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be
found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna
John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on
the side at Hosstrader's...
key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear
Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master
plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream shop, hard working
W1VAK- Ed, Cape
Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a
Jacques Cousteus body guard....
Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always
easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for
a bottled gas company-we think he has been around
nitrous oxide to long .
K1PV- Roger....75 meter
regular, easy going guy...
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling
and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular
for many years...
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big
Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and
owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
K1GAR- John- Very colorful
character!......self appointed "hambassador" by
Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early
professional musician, one of the nice guys